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CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUZANGATE


 

Description

Trip Code: IE-CIRAZ

Day 1. ARRIVAL LIMA: Upon arrival in Lima you will be met and transported to your hotel in the neighbourdhood town of Miraflores.

Day 2. LIMA/CUSCO: An early morning flight to the capital of the Incas, Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to relax in Cusco and adjust to the altitude.

Day 3. CUSCO: A free morning in Cusco, Peru's fourth largest city, and a time for you to explore the attractions of this lively city on your own. An afternoon sightseeing tour taking in the colonial churches, then visiting the Incan sites just outside the city; Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

Day 4. MACHUPICCHU: A very early start, leaving your hotel at 5.30am and transferring to the train station for the trip to Aguas Calientes, arriving about 9.30am. Bus up to Machupicchu, an informative tour with a local guide, returning to Aguas Calientes. Your train arrives back in Cusco in the early evening.

Day 5/11. CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUZANGATE: We travel to the southern end of the Cusco Valley past Pikillacta (600-800AD) where we start the trek through highland savannah to our first camp at Tinki, passing through small villages of herders and weavers. This first afternoon you will get your first view of the sacred mountain Apu Auzangate (6,372m) and Collque Cruz (5,960m). 6th day: we travel through glacially formed escarpments to the base of Auzangate ending the day at the Upis thermal baths. 7th day: a day of harder walking, ascending to 4,700 metres we camp the night at Lake Pucacocha (4,150m). During the day the spectacular Auzangate becomes ever more dominant.

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8th day: a day of intimacy with high Andean scenery to Palomani Pass (4,800m) with an easier afternoon as we descend to camp at Palomani. 9th day: we continue our circumnavigation as we move up the Chillcamayu River valley and circle northwest to Ticllacocha Lagoon and reach the last high pass, Jampa (5,050m). Sparkling glaciers, snow-capped peaks and austere landscapes continue to inspire us as we gaze across the land of the Andean peoples forefathers. Descending to the meadows at Pacchasta on the shores of Lake Comercocha (4,580m) we make our second-to-last camp. 10th day: today we begin our decent leaving the presence of Auzangate. We camp for the last time at Pajchanta (4,200m) and enjoy the thermal baths. Here we have the opportunity to mix with the local people and come into close contact with a highland village culture as we share a pit barbeque (Pachamanca). 11th day: a short walk in the morning takes us to our waiting vehicle for the trip to Cusco.

DAY 12. CUSCO/LIMA: A morning flight to Lima, transferring to your hotel. In the afternoon tour well visit the Gold Museum, a great collection of pre-Columbian gold jewelry and have an evening to relax in Peru's capital city.

Day 13. DEPART LIMA: Transfer out to the airport for your flight home. End of tour.


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Additional Information

Best season: May to July
Transportation: Plane, tourist bus, train, Arrieros mules & horse on Ausangate
Participants: Min 6; Max 12 pax
Location of trek: High Andes and snow
Degree of difficulty: Grade 3, difficult
Temperature range:
Andes: -7C to 25C
Coast: 15C to 25C
Duration of trip: 13 Days
   

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Included

Included in this package are:
  • Domestic flights within Peru,
  • Airport transfers in/out,
  • Six nights hotel in Lima and Cusco - Superior Class,
  • Professional local tour guides while on the tour,
  • Hotels include: breakfast and taxes Tours in Lima and Cusco,
  • Meals while on the circumnavigation.

Departure Dates 2007

The departure dates for 2007 are:

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Travellers Comments

Plenty of excellent food, great soups and pastas, we were all very pleased with working out our own special horse, burros, arrieros etc.

I was impressed with both the guide Jaime and Adriel. Jaime has an excellent knowledge of the area, it was great walking with him. Would definitely recommend Jaime, Adriel and Inca Explorers.

Markus Prechtl

markus_prechtl@aon.at


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